Angst (1983)





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Partly based on a true story and partly fiction, this humanly degrading drama does not concern monsters of the imagination, but a murderer who is paroled after 10 years in prison and then kills again in a particularly inhuman way. He breaks into a house and murders its three occupants when they return: an elderly mother, her mentally handicapped son who is confined to a wheelchair, and her pretty daughter. The killer drinks the blood of one of the victims while reciting all the abuse he … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Horror
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Written By: Gerald Kargl, Zbigniew Rybczynski


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Considering this was made back in 1983, this film is still quite ahead of it's time in terms of style and content. Stylewise, this is a very well shot serial killer film, that brings an arthouse feel to the exploitive elements. In terms of content, even today most serial killers are portrayed as being in control; devious and powerful criminals who are always one step ahead of everyone else despite their sickness. Not so in this film, which I suspect is closer to a real serial killer than a lot of it's ilk. The killer here is a crazed lunatic with an insatiable bloodlust and has absolutely no control over his urges. The fact that the film follows him on his first day out of prison is a telling sign that this guy has no place in society. Also, since he is providing the voice over, we see how he can justify everything he is doing, even though near the beginning he knows he is nowhere near being anything close to logical. A great film in the serial killer genre that I am surprised isn't better known.

Christopher Brown

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The film Angst by Director Gerald Kargl is a beautifully shot film and rightfully so. The camera work is flawless although somewhat unsettling. The cinematographer behind the camera was none other than Zbigniew Rybczynski a filmmaker who had won an Oscar two years prior for his short film, Tango. The beauty of the film aside, this is one of the most disturbing films ever put to celluloid.
The film starts with sweeping shots of a prison and then centers on the central character. As he is shaving he explains that he stabbed his own mother and killed a 70-year-old woman, which are the reasons he is in prison. Then the guards come to his door because he is being let out after 14 years.
The movie then follows ?the killer? as the character is called as he tries to live the life of a free man. It is something that he utterly fails at, because he is always analyzing who his next victim should be. The film reaches the breaking point when he forcibly enters a suburban home and waits for the family that lives there. When the family of 3 arrives at home he incapacitates the daughter who is the strongest family member and then the movie revolves around how he kills each family member in graphic detail. First he kills the mother by suffocating her, then he drowns the paraplegic son in a tub full of water, and finally he chases after the daughter stabs her with a knife multiple times and then ?has his way? with her still warm corpse. He then drives to town with the dead family in the trunk of his car and gets into an accident. The film ends with him showing the police what he has in his trunk. In 1983 the year that this film came out it received an X rating for violence even with film standards becoming more lax than they had been in previous years. After its initial showing in the theaters the film drifted into obscurity and disappeared. Then years later came the advent of the Internet and recently this masterpiece of shock cinema has finally become available again if only online for the time being.

Patrick-Thomas Geraghty

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